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    Grasstree resin

    Did a bit of experimenting last night with grasstree resin.

    While out bush couple of weeks back now, we hunted up some grasstree resin.
    Took a bit of hunting around as most of the grasstrees were healthy and young with no injuries.

    You normally find it at the base or near the base of a grasstree that had been damaged in some way.
    The tree exudes it as a protection.
    The one we found the resin on was growing on rock and the rock was bruising the tree.

    Back home I added charcoal and roo poo to make a traditional glue.
    Ground it up and sieved it.
    It is spongy and smells like hippy incense when being heated

    Traditional method of preparing is grinding on a flat rock and heating a stick to gather it up.

    Haven't tried reheating and using it yet, looks promising though.
    Hardens up very quickly.

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    Great experimenting.

    The secret is to get a ratio which can be re-worked and set to he hard, but not too brittle.

    Did you keep track of the ratio of ingredients so you can re-produce what you've done ?

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    I'd have to guess it was equal amounts of roo poo and charcoal to double the amount of resin by volume.
    In other words I eyeballed it. So 25% poo, 25% charcoal, 50% resin by volume.

    When completely cool (next day ) it was very, very strong.

    Will have to make something up to see how well it works.

    Cheers
    Will

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    I believe the best ratio is 3:2:1 resin:charcoaloo?
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